Starting A Vegetable Garden In Five Easy Steps
If you have plenty of unused space in your backyard and are perhaps interested in starting a new hobby, starting a vegetable garden might be a great choice for you. Starting from scratch might seem like a lot of hard work at first, but it does not have to be if you make a good ‘battle plan.’ In just five easy steps, you could transform your boring afternoons into fun and productive time – and get some fresh and delicious vegetables along the way!
Finding a suitable garden site is a challenging but necessary step, and it should definitively be your initial one. A patch of grass, say 5×4 meters would be a good place to start. Make sure you take the amount of sunlight, quality of the soil and watering options into consideration.
Even though there are some vegetables that do not need too much sunlight, it is however, essential for most sorts. Pick a spot that has enough direct light and soil that is rich in humus and not too close to any trees because of the roots. Finally, make sure there is a water supply nearby.
Design the Garden
You cannot build a house without a proper design plan, and the same goes for the garden. Thinking of everything in advance will save you trouble, so make a garden layout as soon as possible. You should include a few different kinds of vegetables you want to grow, but do not forget decorative flowers, pathways and entrances into the garden. Also, try to group similar vegetables next to each other as this will come in handy when harvest comes.
Once you have decided where your garden is going to be located, it is time to prepare the soil. This means removing grass and weeds, plowing and spading the area and digging up all roots that are in your way. When this is done, you can move on to the more specific tasks like applying manure, compost and other nutrients that will make your soil more fertile – some people even apply lime after a while – and, in the end, rake the soil in order to make it smoother, more leveled and free from stones and other unwanted things.
What to Do with the Seeds?
When it comes to planting seeds, the most important thing is to choose the right ones from a reliable supplier. Do not settle for only one or two sorts, but try to diversify – this will make your garden stand out and be more fruitful.
Upon planting seeds, stick to the garden layout and wait for the right condition for the vegetable you want to grow. Sow along the row you have marked and use your fingers to measure depth and space between them because there is a big chance you will pour too much if applying directly from the packet. Cover the seed with soil and push it down with your fist for extra safety, and that is all there is to planting!
As soon as you plant your seeds, start maintaining them too, and watch over them in order to notice weeds, insects, pests or other damages. Water your garden regularly and try to learn how much water certain vegetables optimally need. Also, it is important to remove weeds when they appear and not let them spread too much – it does not matter whether you use a weed sprayer with a pump or do it manually, but be sure to get it done! Furthermore, fertilize your soil from time to time and use amendments to improve its texture, and, ultimately, protect your vegetables from negative weather conditions, especially during winter.
This is the final and most fulfilling stage of gardening when you literally pick the fruits of your work. Over the course of time, you will learn when a certain vegetable is ripe enough and when it is time to harvest it, or use professional advice that might help a lot. Preserve your vegetables properly and enjoy them all year long.